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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama relaxes on a sofa in the Oval Office with First Lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, Feb. 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

The President meets with Turtle McConnell and Toerag Ryan

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On This Day: President Obama visits with his daughters Malia and Sasha and kisses First Lady Michelle Obama, in a private study off the Oval Office, Feb. 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


110 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. February 2, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Moooooooorning everyone, have to run, back in a bit!

    • 2 tnmtngirl
      February 2, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Morning Chips……and everyone else. Hope everyone has a fantastic day. πŸ™‚

    • 3 Roberta in MN
      February 2, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Congrats, darn I had to enter my login this morning. That’s OK. Say hi to Danny this morning. Going to go back and read last nights comments. Have a good day Chips.

    • 4 No Child Left Behind
      February 2, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Good morning TODVille, and congrats on first!

  2. 5 Roberta in MN
    February 2, 2016 at 7:40 am

    GM Chips

  3. 6 Roberta in MN
    February 2, 2016 at 7:43 am

    What a wonderful picture to wake up to. Thanks Chips. GM tnmtngirl.

  4. 7 LDS
    February 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Good morning, Ms. Chips!
    Hello tnmtngirl and Roberta. See you in June, right?

  5. 11 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 7:45 am

    • 12 No Child Left Behind
      February 2, 2016 at 7:58 am

      I can’t stop laughing at the Daily News front page. They really don’t like The Donald.

      Thanks for brightening my commute m

    • 13 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

      I CAN’T BELIEVE THE VOTERS EVEN GAVE ANY CONSIDERATION TO CRUZ….I’M PUSHING RUBIO WITH RIGHT WINGERS BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY LOVES THE LORD. IT LOOKS LIKE KASICH IS COUNTING ON NEW HAMPSHIRE. CARSON NEEDS TO GO HOME AND GET HIS SHIRTS AND NEVER RETURN. HILLARY IS THERE BUT…THIS TIE IS THREATENING. THEY SAY BERNIE HAS NEW HAMPSHIRE…I WANT TO SEE PBO’S POLICIES CONTINUE…BUT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO PUSH HILLARY UP THE HILL…………………PUSH..PUSH..PUSH…BECAUSE BERNIE IS HANGING ON FOR THE RIDE…HE’S LIKE A LINTBALL IN A DRYER MINUS FABRIC SOFTENER!

    • 16 Dudette
      February 2, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Bwahahahaha! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • 17 Wilson Michael
      February 2, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Hahahahaha!!!! Dead clown walking!!!!!!

    • 19 pkayden
      February 2, 2016 at 7:54 am

      That’s hilarious! Secretary Clinton better do better in New Hampshire though. Was kind of surprised at Iowa.

      • 20 amk for obama
        February 2, 2016 at 8:00 am

        nah, NH will be a wash for her. she has to pull all out in NV and SC. and on super tuesday, bernie crashes and berns.

        • 21 jackiegrumbacher
          February 2, 2016 at 8:03 am

          I hope Harry Reid campaigns hard for her in Nevada. This is a heavily Latino state, which isn’t exactly fertile ground for the tone deaf Bernie. On the other hand, I do fear a reluctance among some Latinos to vote for a woman.

        • 22 No Child Left Behind
          February 2, 2016 at 8:08 am

          A Bernie crash is fine by me. I’ve never felt the Bern. Actually, all I can think is how on earth Sanders thought that his best approach to minority outreach was to pull Cornell West to his camp?!?!

      • 23 Dudette
        February 2, 2016 at 8:27 am

        BS likely to take NH but HRC will dust the floor w/ him shortly thereafter.

      • 24 arapaho415
        February 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

        GM pkayden.

        What amk said.

        NH is VT’s neighbor, state motto is something like “I’m cranky and I’m proud of it.”

        Posted link on the overnight thread to Wikipedia’s Dem’s delegate count/schedule for 2016.

        Everything MSM publishes until Feb 27 (SC primary) will either be:
        1) worthless gossip
        2) worthless whining about traveling, no sleep, bad coffee, etc.

        Three days after SC primary is Super Tuesday, both of which WILL matter in #Campaign2016.
        SC = 53 pledged delegates
        SuperTuesday= 864 pledged delegates

      • 25 57andfemale
        February 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

        Not a surprise in IA, but disappointing. Bernie is going to win NH, always was.

        It matters when we get to states that have a mix that looks like America.

        I agree with Democratic strategist Peter Fenn, who said this morning that a protracted primary (as long as there isn’t damage to the party) stays focused on issues and not about emails, etc. More debates, more chance to talk about important stuff, instead of the b.s. GOP.

        The Hillary supporters get that. It will depend on the Bernie supporters who have yet to show civility.

  6. 26 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 7:51 am

  7. 32 jackiegrumbacher
    February 2, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Morning. Best advice for the day is to stay away from pundits who will turn Hillary’s win into a loss. I’m fed up with the deep disdain with which HRC is treated, even by Democrats who spout GOP talking points about her without realizing how gullible they are. Sanders supporters I’ve talked to refuse to acknowledge that he would be a disaster in the GE. Sorry to say, I’m actually getting to dislike people I once thought were decent and fair minded.

  8. February 2, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Good morning TOD πŸ™‚

    #DiplomacyHasConsequences

  9. February 2, 2016 at 8:20 am

    According to Rubio, he is the best president ever? Arguably George Washington and Abe Lincoln has nothing on how Rubio has run this country.
    According to him, of course.
    Lol

    • 40 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 8:47 am

      THE GREATEST AND THE PERFECT OF ALL THINGS IS GOD….EVERYONE ON THIS PLANET WILL HAVE TO ASSUMED THE POSITION..AND HUMBLY BOW! EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS GOD’S…WHEN WE FAIL TO PUT HIM WHERE HE BELONGS HE BLOWS OUT THE BARN,,,SO TO SPEAK!

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      February 2, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Morning, Jovie. I didn’t know that coming in third in Iowa made someone president of the US. Learn something new everyday.

  10. 42 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Goooooooo Morning! Coffee anyone? β˜•οΈ

    • 43 MadameSoph
      February 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

      When I first saw this pic, I thought it was Ted Cruz! (soooo sorry Bill Murray πŸ™‚ )

      It’s cooooold out there today (for Donald Trump ha ha)!

  11. February 2, 2016 at 8:24 am

  12. February 2, 2016 at 8:32 am

  13. February 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Seem familiar ….

  14. 55 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    February 2, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I HOPE SOMEONE PROVIDES THE ENRGIZER WITH THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF AIRLINE BAGGIES FOR HIS MEETING WITH TURTLE AND EDDIE MUNSTER….BRING SOME DROOL BIBS FOR THE BOYS!

  15. 56 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Saw this and immediately thought of Amk. Dunno why really. πŸ˜†

  16. February 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning, Everyone πŸ™‚

  17. 58 MadameSoph
    February 2, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Buon giorno TOD!

    Someone on Joy Reid’s timeline mentioned that history was made: First woman to win the Iowa Caucuses! That’s actually pretty cool. Is this being made a big deal in the press right now or are they pushing “tie”? (Ha ha…. feels so weird to be rooting for HRC πŸ™‚ )

  18. 60 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

    πŸ˜€

  19. 62 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

  20. 67 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 8:53 am

    LOL! Turtle and Toerag! πŸ˜†

  21. 68 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:55 am

  22. 69 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 8:56 am

    • 70 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 9:04 am

      ON MY FB……………ALONG WITH NUMEROUS OTHER CHOICE VENUES….APPARENTLY CARSON IS DETERMINED BTW TO SEE THE ENRGIZER AT THE PRAYER BREAKFAST…HOPING TO DENOUNCE OUR PRESIDENT AS A HUMAN BEING I PRESUME…CARSON HAS ANTI-CHRIST VERBAGE ON THE MENU!

    • 71 0388jojothecat
      February 2, 2016 at 11:39 am

      A fictional President Cruz will just make it legal to carpet bomb folks. I just hope the DEMs don’t sign off on it like they did for GWB.

  23. February 2, 2016 at 8:58 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!!! Congrats Chips & Roberta on 1st & 2nd!! πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday everyone! πŸ™‚

    • 73 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 2, 2016 at 9:07 am

      I HATE THIS DAY BECAUSE ANY AND ALL EVENTS LEADING TO PBO’S DEPARTURE MAKE ME ILL…LITERALLY…GONE FOR THE DAY!..LOTS TO DO…:(

    • 74 Roberta in MN
      February 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

      GM HF2.and all the rest of you wonderful TOD Family. We are waiting for a storm and blizzard to hit our area today. Schools closed, businesses closed we are to get 8-12″ of snow with 40-50mi winds. Not going to be a good day. It is supposed to last until Wednesday. I am warm and snuggly in my apartment watching it all come down. Will probably take pictures of it.I don’t know how to post them here but if I do on Twitter maybe someone cane swing them over. πŸ™‚

      • 75 hopefruit2
        February 2, 2016 at 10:09 am

        Sounds kinda like the blizzard we had on the East Coast a couple weekends ago!!! Well, be safe and snug while it storms outside πŸ™‚

  24. 76 Don
    February 2, 2016 at 9:04 am

    It is a beautiful day!

  25. 77 arapaho415
    February 2, 2016 at 9:08 am

    GM TODville.

    Ignore points 1-6 (typical beltway blather), focus on last point.
    https://twitter.com/WestWingReport/status/694521268750536704

  26. February 2, 2016 at 9:08 am

  27. 79 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 9:09 am

  28. February 2, 2016 at 9:10 am

    NJ Edwina (@NJedwina) tweeted at 9:02am – 2 Feb 16:

    .@EricWolfson .@eclecticbrotha. If Palin doesn’t switch she’ll lose her membership to NAG, the powerful grifter’s union. They don’t play. (https://twitter.com/NJedwina/status/694521304528097280?s=17)

    P.S.does anyone know how to get tweets to display from an ipad?

  29. 81 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

    the mealy mouth has suddenly gone totally silent. mebbe realized his gig is up?

  30. 83 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

    • 84 MadameSoph
      February 2, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Oh, I sooooo can’t wait for the Trump “tribute to the fallen” segment of Stephen’s “Hungry for Power Games”!

      Tonight should be a fun one though πŸ™‚

  31. February 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

    #FreeSavchenko

  32. 86 Don
    February 2, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Good thing Sarah Palin got her endorsement money from Trump up front.

  33. February 2, 2016 at 9:16 am

    When is the National Prayer Breakfast?

  34. 91 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 9:18 am

    via bj poster david

    the agony of defeat.

    • February 2, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Wonder how long the #Trumpster will last …

      • 93 amk for obama
        February 2, 2016 at 9:27 am

        Yup. I have been betting that the ratfucker will quit once he starts losing. And y’day was not a good day for him.

        • 94 MadameSoph
          February 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

          You know, AMK, I had that thought last night; I’m tempted to say he may quit now, after Iowa. If he never intended for it to get this far in the first place (you know, I figure this all started as personal promotion for $$ and got out of hand), he may just quit before it gets really embarrassing.

          If Il Duche quits before NH, I want credit for the prediction πŸ™‚

  35. 96 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 9:19 am

  36. 97 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

    As long as I can shower, have a quiet spot of my own, the food isn’t horrible and there are books to read, what’s not to like?

  37. 98 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

  38. 99 amk for obama
    February 2, 2016 at 9:25 am

    India’s Supreme Court has agreed to revisit a previous judgement that upheld a law criminalising gay sex.

    Three senior judges said the 2013 ruling would be re-examined by a larger bench of judges, in a move that has been welcomed by activists.

    The judges said that the issue was a “matter of constitutional importance”.

    According to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a 155-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence”.

    In deeply conservative India, homosexuality is a taboo and many people still regard same-sex relationships as illegitimate.

    There has been a very vocal campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in India.

    On Tuesday, the court heard a “curative petition” – meant to “cure” an earlier court order perceived as a “miscarriage of justice”.

    The court said the five-judge bench would be headed by the chief justice of India.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35469006

  39. 100 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

  40. February 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Hey from Iowa, where we’re enjoying a blizzard with our caucus hangover! Actually I am *so* happy it’s over and the circus has moved on. I posted some notes from my caucus experience last night and 99ts asked whether our attendance was large. For comparison, I looked up the 2008 results (we were in a different spot then and we might even be a different precinct by now): in 2008 P4 had 321 and P5 had 386. We were Precinct 5 last night and had 321 – hmmm, some coincidence. Anyhow, I totally agree with everyone who is thinking the Iowa Caucus is a stupid process and not very representative. πŸ™„

  41. 102 hopefruit2
    February 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    So, did Cornell West help Sanders with Black voters in Iowa????????

  42. 105 MadameSoph
    February 2, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Thought this was interesting, in light of the man one of you highlighted yesterday who switched from Sanders to Trump. Aren’t most Independents these days just Republicans who are too embarrassed to call themselves that? Also, can anyone caucus for either party in Iowa?

  43. 106 Dudette
    February 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Look at the Pooch Posters! Look at them! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ˜˜

  44. 107 JER
    February 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  45. 109 No Child Left Behind
    February 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

  46. February 2, 2016 at 10:34 am


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